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Work and (Un)Employment

Code 13387
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes The aim of this course is to work on the issues of Labor and Employment in depth, with a particular focus on Portuguese society. Based on the discussion of the fundamental concepts of work and employment we will proceed to the study of labor markets and their functioning and the evolution of working conditions and conceptual correlations.
At the end of this course students should be able to discuss the differences and connections between the main trends in Sociology of Work and confront them with the labor and employment policies of the last decades; to critically analyze the social role of unionism, to know the particularities of the Portuguese labor market and to critically analyze the current moment.

Syllabus 1.The Sociology of Work as privileged field of social intervention
1.1. The Paths of Sociology of Work from the Industrial Revolution to Postmodernity
1.2. Sociology of work, work policies and social change
2.Unions and Industrial Relations: new trends
2.1,Unionism as a social movement
2.2 Unionism and contemporary: old and new issues
3. The dichotomy employment / unemployment and its social impacts
3.1.Employment and unemployment: future prospects
3.2. Economic crisis and unemployment
3.3.New migratory flows: the challenge of globalization
4.Study of Portuguese labor market
4.1.Economic growth and labor market
4.2.Comparative study of working conditions in Portugal
4.3.Perspectives on the future of work
4.4.Emerging changes in the work and workers

Main Bibliography - Almeida, Paulo Pereira de, Trabalho, serviço e serviços : contributos para a sociologia do trabalho, Porto : Afrontamento, 2005.
- Alves, Paulo, Crise e mudança em Portugal : dilemas sindicais face à inovação tecnológica e organizacional, Lisboa : Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, 1993
- Burchell, Brendan, Ladipo, David and Frank Wilkinson, Job insecurity and work intensification. London : Routledge, 2002
- Carneiro, Roberto (coord), Lisboa Baixas qualificações em Portugal: MTSS, GEP, 2007
- Cerdeira, Maria da Conceição, Sindicalização e alguns comportamentos sindicais, Lisboa: MIN. EMPREGO SEGURANÇA SOCIAL, 1990
- Costa, Hermes Augusto, Sindicalismo global ou metáfora adiada?, Coimbra : Universidade de Coimbra,
- Edgell, Stephen Richard. The sociology of work : , continuity and change in paid and unpaid work. Los Angeles : Sage, 2012
- Lima, Cristiano, Das lacunas entre o velho e o novo : sobre o "trabalho", um olhar diferente Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, 2008
- Moniz,António (coord), Futuros do emprego na sociedade da informação, Lisboa: DGEFP, 2001
- Oliveira, Luísa e Helena Carvalho, Regulação e mercado de trabalho : Portugal e a Europa, Lisboa, Sílabo, 2010
- PORTUGAL. MTS, Trabalho e relações laborais, OEIRAS: CELTA, 2001
- Rebelo,GLória, In-adaptação no trabalho: uma perspectiva sociorganizacional e jurídica OEIRAS: CELTA, 1999
- Watson, Tony , Sociology, work and organization. London : Routledge, 2012
- Wehman, Paul, Supported employment: strategies for integration of workers with disabilities Boston : Andover Medical, 1992


Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria In this course a combination of several teaching methodologies with participation in class is applied: Theoretical, theoretical-practical classes - exposure by the teacher and discussion with the students, in the class, about the contents of the syllabus. The tutorial orientation classes - exposure and debate by students, organized in restricted groups of texts and cases, previously selected and indicated by the teacher. Conferences and field trips as long as possible. The teacher ensures the direct accompaniment of the student, in the individual and group activities in the classroom and in the clarification and debate of their doubts and opinions.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-04-27

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